bookmark_borderFinding Your Way During Mercury Retrograde

Generally, Mercury is responsible for meeting our communication; travel needs and is also in control of our siblings and neighbors. On a deeper level, Mercury represents our perception of the world around us−our intelligence. How we listen, observe, speak and ultimately retain information.

Mercury will be in retrograde March 12th- April 4th, in the fiery and direct sign of Aries. Although, Mercury only goes retrograde three or four times a year, when he does there’s usually trouble with speech, listening, travel delays; siblings, issues with buying and selling, negotiations, mail and technology.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term retrograde, it simply means the planet is moving slower than those around it giving the impression that the planet is moving backwards. Confused…? Let me put it in better perceptive, a planet in a retrograde position gives us an opportunity to examine the characteristics of that planet in-ternally.

Mercury in Aries is direct and to the point. You may find that your communications with others may be abrupt. Mainly, because Mercury in Aries tells you EXACTLY how he feels.  What I usually see manifest under this influence is people speaking before they think. Which means if not balanced you may be eating crow or revisiting that situation.

On the upside, retrograde periods give you an opportunity to revisit and reorganize. Self- reflection is greatly encouraged while Mercury is in retrograde. Old projects and plans may also get the boost they need during this time.

Tips for Working with Mercury Retrograde

Personally, Mercury is retrograde in my natal birth chart, so working with Mercury during his retrograde period actually works for me.  My thoughts are clearer and I’m able to communicate more effectively. However, for a large majority of the world this may not be the case. If your astrological sign is Gemini or you have a strong Mercury in your chart this influence may affect you directly. If you’re unsure of your placements you can visit to obtain a free birth chart (you’ll need your birth day, time and location).  Or you may  contactme for a Free 15 Minute Wellness Consultation.

Physically, Mercury rules the nervous system, the two halves of the brain and those parts of our body that function involuntarily (lungs, kidneys, etc). Since, Mercury is reflective, he usually talks to himself, especially since his words aren’t articulating. Nervousness and anxiety may be an issue, resulting in trouble breathing. Remember, Mercury retrograde rambles and in most cases forgets to breathe. For my clients who have Gemini in their house of health, I usually recommend yoga, meditation and breath work. In my experiences these techniques help quiet the mind and ease the breathing. If you’re a novice to meditation there are some great guided meditations available online.

Here are more  tips for working with Mercury in retrograde:

Watch what you say: People tend ramble, jumble their words and  say things they don’t mean while Mercury is in retrograde. It’s important to know most communications are revisited under a retrograde period, so think things through before you allow them to come out of your mouth.

Take Extra Time when Traveling: As I’ve expressed earlier, Mercury rules transportation, therefore there are usually more accidents, travel delays and  issues getting there on time. Be patient. Plan ahead so that you can make the best out of your day.

Don’t sign Any Agreements:  Remember, Mercury is a trickster who leaves out the details, so you must be VERY careful when signing agreements. You may not see the fine print, which may get you in lots of trouble in the future.

Back up your computer:  Computers are known to crash while Mercury is in retrograde, so back them up! Also, if writing is a part of your job or hobby saving your document while writing may be a good idea.

Be Careful:  As mentioned before, Mercury rules traveling on foot, car, planes etc. Be sure to watch your step. Tripping, bumping your legs, arms or dropping things is prominent during this period.

Clear your Mind:  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during retrograde periods. Taking time to reflect and self assess may be the key to unlocking your confusion. Meditation is a wonderful tool that gives you the opportunity to sit with your inner self and seek your peace.  There are also crystals such as, Amethyst and Soladite that may be helpful with meditation and mindfulness.

There are many ways to make Mercury work for you during his retrograde. Be patient and mindful and I promise you’ll be fine!

bookmark_borderAddictions, War and Moving Fast

I’ve been watching the news and what I’m seeing is truly interesting.  In light of our current transits, I feel I must express the danger that could manifest. Currently, Venus is in Aries accompanied by Uranus and Eris. This week she’s been fighting with Mars in Virgo retrograde, which is affecting Mercury in Pisces. We all know Neptune made it home to Pisces on the 3rd, so needless to say there has been lots of news about drugs, water, suicide and sadly murder.  Be very careful folks. Venus is the war goddess of love right now (until March 6th).  She wants what she wants and she’s not afraid to take it. People are aggressive.  Especially while traveling  (Mercury, Venus, Uranus).  Most are driving fast (Uranus) and want to own the road way (Venus) and if you don’t get out of their way, there will be a price to pay (Eris).  Since Mars is retrograde he’s not really acting but he has a plan (he’s constantly revising it but there is a plan). With  Mars answering to Mercury he’s beating up on himself pretty bad at the moment and is VERY emotional and  sensitive to criticism.  Accidents with weapons (Mars) are prominent as well.  There are a couple of ways that I am seeing this manifest.  Either people are  indulging in their addictions (drugs, alcohol, or food especially with Jupiter in Taurus), suicide or their taking it out on other people.  I’ve also been noticing accidents involving driving drunk, falling, avalanches and drowning (Neptune in Pisces). With Uranus in play things are happening before your eyes.

Saturn is retrograde in Libra, therefore karma is a bitch at this time. Most likely with who or what you’re partnering with. Remember we all have to pay a price for our actions, whether good or not so nice. Karma isn’t always an adversity but you must be mindful of how you play in the world. Watch your temper while driving. Especially at night, since Neptune in Pisces doesn’t see well in the dark.  Be kind to others because you may piss them off and they may not let you slide this time. Love the one your with this week, Mars and Venus is fighting like cats and dogs and Venus is pulling no punches.  Mars wants to fight back but he’s not expressing himself very well (he answering to Mercury in Pisces).  Pay attention to WHO  or WHAT Venus and Mars represents in your chart. In closing, Be kind to yourself and others AND slow the hell down!

bookmark_borderSanta’s Coming: The Return of Jupiter

While most were decking the halls, reminiscing and kissing under the mistletoe; the Universe was delivering a gift of its own- Jupiter going direct. Sometimes called the Santa Claus in astrology, Jupiter has been retrograde in stable Taurus since August 2011. Healing was also a huge deal under this influence because Jupiter in Taurus wants us to refine our inner beauty. Many decided to go back to school or complete a course of study they abandoned once upon a time. Others, spent there time taking up more humanitarian causes. Either way, we were asked to dig deep into our selves and unlock our spiritual potential, re-examine old/ new philosophies, connect with friends and give back.

What’s next?

Now that Jupiter is direct we are able to move forward with what we’ve been building. Jupiter in Earth wants us to build, build, build. What’s interesting about Jupiter going direct is, he’s in Taurus and surrounded by mostly Earth signs (Mars in Virgo, Sun, Pluto and Moon in Capricorn), which means the emphasis is on tangible results, foundation and the “bottom-line”. If you have Earth in your chart between 0 – 2 degrees you will notice a shift in those houses. Also, pay attention to your Taurus house to determine where the story is unfolding. The new moon in Capricorn (December 24th) further solidifies our boost from the Universe offering opportunities to set “real” goals, think big and create something powerful for the New Year.

Taming the Bull

Personal power/healing is also relevant during this time. Jupiter sextiles Chiron offering a chance to work through our inner wound. Since, Mercury is direct from his retrograde period (Nov 24 – Dec 13th) writing or expressing in anyway may help you tremendously. Watch for over indulgence. Jupiter likes to feel good but he’s in comfort loving Taurus, so watch what you eat (especially cake). Increasing your water intake, veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, raw nuts; spinach and staying active will be very beneficial during Jupiter’s stay in Taurus. Healing modalities such as Reiki, Reflexology and Chakra work will help you stay balanced and light.

The healing stone I recommend during this period is:

Blue Apatite: Blue Apatite acts as a hunger suppressant. Wearing Blue Apatite will help eliminate blockages in your energy field and return the body back to balance. It also aids in the manifestation of ideas and helps create tangible results. Blue Apatite also is great for bringing about clarity and helps with expanding your insights. A wonderful stone for self-expression, Blue Apatite is great for teachers of all sorts.

Affirmation: In a smooth and healthy way, I release all unresolved emotions. I claim my personal power.

In summary: Your job between now and July 2012 is to DREAM BIG!! You have the power to create what you want in your life and you’re being shown that now. Planning is essential to planting seeds. Continue to water your ideas and be kind to yourself and watch what you’ve planted grow!